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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Jul 29, 2006 12:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: JGB vs GD

I still believe the best time I ever heard Jerry Garcia play was with the Garcia Band, in this case the Felt Forum, 1982. Are there others out there who felt the same. That of course the Grateful Dead were The Event, The Show, but if you wanted to really see Jerry shine, you caught him on the off night, with the JGB, in some theatre that held 3500!

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jul 29, 2006 11:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB vs GD

No question...I recall a 75 show at the Auditoreum Theatre in Rochester NY. About 10 rows back on Jerrys side. (Always a big difference, having reserved seats...a more polite ambience.) The band took turns jamming and Jerry always got the first and last solos. While Merle and Martin jammed Jerry would be smilin' doin' the head bob dance and right when it came to his second solo he'd look out into the crowd over his glasses, as if to say, "you aint seen nothin' yet." ....and literally rip into a solo that could tear your heart out. It was a mesmerizing experience, he had us in the palm of his hands and he well knew it. Give me JGB anyday.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Jul 29, 2006 3:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB vs GD

Capt. Cook: sweet post -- I preferred the JBG experience over the GD experience (and, like you and "midnight sun" I am not trying to diminish the GD experience at all). Playing in his own band Jerry got deep - real deep - into my soul. Always loved to hear the old "spiritual" tunes that he would master with his guitar as well as his soul. --An ever-present theme with his own band.
And when he jammed it was astonishing the peaks he would climb and then keep going! One moment of being able to follow him above the peaks was during "Mission in Rain" (1981-02-07: Orpeheum, Boston, late show)--I had gotten out of the hospital earlier in the day, sat 3rd row by myself and....well, you know.... Thanks for sharing your thoughts, --- AshesRising

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jul 29, 2006 7:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB vs GD

ashes rising and old nj - your two are right on the money. i only got to see a handful of jgb shows. but one of the highlights of my "dead career" was seeing jgb at a two day/night stand up at French's Camp in Northern Cali - have no idea what town it was. beautiful area with woods, wonderful swimming river where you could still here the music, and a relatively small group of people. i think that was in 87 or 88 (memory doesnt serve as well at it should). But what a wonderful venue and wonderful shows.

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Jul 30, 2006 4:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB vs GD

where are u guys getting your JGB shows?

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Jul 30, 2006 5:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB vs GD

caspersvapors: I've purchased almost everything that has been commericially released by Garcia's estate in addition to other items that have discovered on the path. Send me an email. --- AshesRising (AshesRising@gmail.com)

(PS: Shoreline Video from Sept. 1, 1990 is a nice compliment to the Grateful Dead's "Downhill from Here" from a year earler.)

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Poster: JodyC Date: Aug 3, 2006 11:49am
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Poster: high flow Date: Aug 3, 2006 1:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB vs GD

I started my journey in 1988. By that time the Grateful Dead was so huge, the JGB scene seemed so low-key by comparison. We'd drive to SF on rainy winter nights and park on the street just blocks from the Warfield. Tickets were almost always available the day of the show. We'd guzzle a couple brews outside and then find a comfy spot in the balcony. It was like listening in your living room with a couple thousand close friends. And the songs, oh the songs.

I really enjoyed both scenes, but JGB still conjures some warm-fuzzy feelings.

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Jul 29, 2006 5:15am
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I think beyond all the obvious musical reasons that the JGB was such a treat for all those years, the other thing that set the shows apart was the crowd. Always a small, intimate gig. (Until later years) ALWAYS full knowlegable heads in attendance who knew what they where there for, to see Garcia put out music HE loved and couldn't express any other way with the Dead. Joy on the stage, Joy in the crowd. He could have played nursery rhymes all night and we would have been floored!

By the way, once he started playing the larger venues that was mostly lost. After seeing JGB and the Dead for years, I slowed down for some child bearing. I went to a JGB show at Madison Square Garden and all that was lost.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jul 29, 2006 10:41am
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I have to agree. It was always a treat to see Jerry with his band. It was more rare and I always liked the intimacy of the shows. Also it was really all aboiut Jerry, the expectations were not so high, and he was able to really express himself more deeply. I'll never forget seeing him play in shorts ( His legs were so white, you had to wear sunglasses!!!) at the Honolulu Bowl and in the Hilo Civic Center on Earth Day in '90, he was all smiles for both shows.. What a treat!!! I still have the concert poster from those shows. I was also fortunate enough to catch him for 2 shows in one night when he played accoustic w/ Kahn at Macky Aud in CU Boulder, 1981 I think, that was a great intimate experience as well.

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Poster: rastaspaced Date: Jul 29, 2006 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB vs GD

I only saw the Jerry Garcia Band one time on Vets day-11/11/94 at the Henry J in Oakland. (don't ask, i'd just had never gottin aroundtuit-and stupidity) And now I've listened to a few 77 shows and some 80's acoustic with John Kahn and an 88, 90 show. The dates right now are ba-ba-bing! outta memory! And I'm not at my own PC or collection to check. Songs like Mission in the Rain, Twist of Fate are relatively new to me(and blow me away much like a great Sella Blue/Standing on the Moon) I have the Shoreline DVD 9/1/90 and Jerry just beams and seems way more soulful and relaxed with his own band. The best Jerry I've heard on CD'z are with The Jerry Garcia Band imo